An expert and industry leader in data networking, telecommunications, Software-Defined Networking (SDN), and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), from the perspectives of technology, standards, and business. Coming from an academic background, serving as dean of engineering and fostering R&D, Dan has served in advisory and operational roles in research programs and startup companies in Silicon Valley, Canada, and Australia. After successfully running Open Networking Foundation (ONF) for 5 years, a non-profit consortium championing SDN, Dan has helped ONF to transform the networking landscape and enabled a new crop of innovative, software-based initiatives and startup companies turn networks into revenue-generating assets and instruments of corporate strategy. Currently with Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), driving orchestration standards and advising startup companies. Dan is a missionary to operationalize these concepts for the networking and telecom industries and their customers.